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The next generation in infection biology


Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

After the success of the virtual 2022 edition, this conference will return in a virtual format.

Conference overview

Infectious diseases are among the most prevalent causes of human illness and death in the world. Pathogens infect humans and all life forms on Earth, being able to cross species barriers, thereby adversely impacting human and planetary health. Fundamental research in infection biology is urgently needed to find therapies for longstanding and emerging infectious diseases.  

The EMBL Conference ‘The next generation in infection biology’ is a platform for late-stage postdoctoral scientists in the field of infection biology to present their work and connect with the leading European institutions in infection biology. The speakers will be chosen for their track record of research accomplishments and their high-reaching future plans. The audience will have the unique opportunity to experience cutting-edge science presented by the rising leaders in this field. The institutional partners will provide discussion and networking opportunities to connect and shape the future league of infection biologists in Europe.

Session Topics

  • Pathogen Biology
  • Host-pathogen interfaces
  • Host genetics and immunology
  • Anti-infectives (vaccines & antimicrobials)
  • Computational methods and analyses for infection

What past participants say about the conference

This format was really made for postdocs seeking a professorship and it is just amazing! I got to speak “face-to-face” with PIs whom I would never have had the courage to approach in a normal conference. I got insightful comments for my career and I really hope this format repeats again.” – Cláudia Vilhena, Leibniz Institute for Natural Products and Infection Biology, Germany

The conference ‘The next generation in infection biology’ was a fantastic experience. It brought together young investigators at a transition point in their careers to become independent group leaders, and established researchers who have shaped the field of infection biology. It was a unique opportunity to share science and network, and an excellent concept altogether.” – Mariana De Niz, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Portugal

Organisers and Speakers

Scientific Organisers

Conference Organisers

Sophie Dutzi

EMBL Heidelberg


Lizette de Paula

EMBL Heidelberg


Participating Organisations

Please find below a list of participating institutes and universities, with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Institutes / UniversitiesCountrySpokesperson
CSIC, CNB – National Centre for Biotechnology SpainDaniel Lopez
de Duve Institute, Université Catholique de LouvainBelgiumJean-François Collet
Global Health InstituteEPFLSwitzerlandMelanie Blokesch
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)GermanyJosef Penninger
Human TechnopoleItalyFernanda Pinheiro
Imperial College London, The MRC Center for Molecular Bacteriology & InfectionUKJosé Penades
Institute of Microbiology, ETH ZurichSwitzerlandWolf-Dietrich Hardt
Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMBB-FORTH)GreeceGeorgios Chamilos
Institute of Technology, University of TartuEstoniaTanel Tenson
LCSB, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of LuxembourgLuxembourgPaul Wilmes
The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå UniversitySwedenOliver Billker
Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research (CIID), Heidelberg UniversityGermanyFriedrich Frischknecht
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Center for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS)NorwayPål Jarle Johnsen
UMC, Utrecht Infection & ImmunityThe NetherlandsSuzan Rooijakkers
Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsarelRoi Avraham

Practical information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks and online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event. For further information please refer to the FAQ page):

Virtual Academia€225
Virtual PhD Student€175
Virtual Industry€225

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Sophie Dutzi for more information.

Confirmation and Payment

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.

Abstract Submission

Instructions for Postdocs wishing to apply for an oral presentation

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract of your current work, general directions of your future lab, specific aims of your research plan, and include a brief CV with three selected publications. Additionally you will be asked to submit a 5 minutes video short talk.  Click on the link provided and enter your application details. Alternatively, you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. Your application will only be complete when both, abstract and short talk video, have been submitted. Plenary talks will be selected from the applications based on all submitted material. The submitted application material will be accessible to all participants throughout the conference.

A selection process will take place with the results announced 5-6 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

For infection biology institutes wishing to participate, please contact the organisers.

Financial Assistance

Registration Fee Waivers

All academic and student registrants are invited to apply for a registration fee waiver, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO. The registration fee waiver covers the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Conference participants are not required to pre-pay the registration fee to be selected for a fee waiver for a virtual meeting. If you have already paid the registration fee and are awarded a fee waiver, it will be reimbursed after the meeting.


Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal (for the submission of abstracts for conferences or the submission of motivation letters for courses) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. Results will be announced approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the event start date. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Registration fee waiver selection is based on your current work or study location, your motivation for applying, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.

Further details

Check our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Virtual Participation Guidelines


Please do:

  • Use the event-specific hashtag as communicated during the event for any related tweets
  • Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise
  • Be mindful of unpublished data
  • Be respectful in tone and content

Please don’t:

  • Share live stream or poster session links with others
  • Broadcast the conference to unregistered participants
  • Capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting unless presenter gives explicit consent
  • Use offensive language in your posts
  • Engage in rudeness or personal attacks

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos. You can find these under ‘resources’ on the conference platform.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function. It is possible to send a direct message to participants, poster presenters, and speakers within the conference platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk on the conference platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on Central European Time (CET) or Central European Summer Time (CEST) unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accommodate as many time zones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance. Remember to set your time zone in your account. 

Virtual event platforms

We are using a virtual event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.

Additional Information

Please find additional information including FAQs and terms and conditions on our Information for Participants page.


Event supporter

Media partners

Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Journal

EMBO Molecular Medicine, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Letters

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medinformatics, a Bon View Publishing journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

Sponsorship opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information on sponsoring possibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


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Media kit

Want to let others know you’re attending this event? Take a look at our shareable media and feel free to use them in your social media channels or presentations.

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Preliminary Programme

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  • Please note that the programme is subject to change. Some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.

Day 1 – Thursday, 14 November 2024
13:20 – 13:40 Opening remarks
13:40 – 14:20Plenary talk 1
14:20 – 14:25Session 1: Pathogen biology
14:25 – 14:45Selected short talk 1
14:45 – 15:05Selected short talk 2
15:05 – 15:25Selected short talk 3
15:25 – 15:45Selected short talk 4
15:45 – 16:05Break
16:05 – 16:50Networking Session 1
16:50 – 16:55Session 2: Host-pathogen Interfaces
16:55 – 17:15Selected short talk 5
17:15 – 17:35Selected short talk 6
17:35 – 17:55Selected short talk 7
17:55 – 18:15Selected short talk 8
18:15 – 18:35Break
18:35 – 19:20Networking Session 2
Day 2 – Friday, 15 November 2024
11:00 – 12:15Career panel discussion: “Preparing for an academic interview”
12:15 – 13:00Break
13:00 – 13:10Introduction remarks
13:10 – 13:50Plenary talk 2
13:50 – 13:55Session 3: Host genetics and immunology
13:55 – 14:15Selected short talk 9
14:15 – 14:35Selected short talk 10
14:35 – 14:55Selected short talk 11
14:55 – 15:15Break
15:15 – 16:00Networking Session 3
16:00 – 16:05Session 4: Anti-infectives (vaccines & antimicrobials)
16:05 – 16:25Selected short talk 12
16:25 – 16:45Selected short talk 13
16:45 – 17:05Selected short talk 14
17:05 – 17:25Break
17:25 – 18:10Networking Session 4
18:10 – 18:15Session 5: Computational methods and analyses for infection
18:15 – 18:35Selected short talk 15
18:35 – 18:55Selected short talk 16
18:55 – 19:15Selected short talk 17
19:15 – 20:00Networking Session 5
20:00 – 20:10Closing remarks

Date: 14 - 15 Nov 2024

Location: Virtual


  • Maria Bernabeu
    EMBL Barcelona, Spain
    • Jan Kosinski
      EMBL Hamburg, Germany

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